Brentwood band recognizes Relay for Life

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band performs 7 p.m. Friday at the Brentwood Community Center Park, 35 Oak St.

Enjoy favorites, including "Blue Tango, "Colonel Bogey March, "HMS Pinafore and more. The events is in recognition of American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snack. Admission is free.

Self-guided art tour set for weekend

BRENTWOOD -- Discover Art League presents a free self-guided tour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with an opportunity to visit shows and buy art from local painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers, fiber artists, jewelry makers, glass artists and other fine craftspeople in Oakley, Brentwood and Discovery Bay.

For a tour guide, gallery locations and maps to eight destinations, visit The Gallery on Second at 741 Second St. in Brentwood, call 925-516-3741 or go to www.galleryonsecond.net.

Nancy Roberts solo exhibit set

BRENTWOOD -- CR Framing will showcase the art work of Nancy Roberts through May 16 at 700 Harvest Park Drive.

The exhibit will feature works in oil, acrylic and pastel. Roberts eclectic subjects range from landscapes and streetscapes to tools, trucks and toys.

The exhibit is open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.


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'Beauty and the Beast auditions set

ANTIOCH -- Antioch Children s Theatre will hold auditions for "Beauty and the Beast 7 p.m. May 8 and 9 at the Virginia J. Calisesi Studion Theatre, 512 W. Second St. Frank J. Ballesteros directs.

Youths ages 7 and older are invited to audition. Rehearsals will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning May 27. Performances will be June 21 through 23 and June 28 through 30.

There is a $75 tuition/production fee is cast.

For information, call 925-234-1465.

Roberts to give free painting demonstration

Local artist and art instructor Nancy Roberts will give a free acrylic painting demonstration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CR Framing and Gallery, 700 Harvest Park Drive in Brentwood.

Visitors of all ages are invited to drop in and watch, interact with the artist and create their own small painting with materials provided at no charge. The demonstration coincides with Nancy Roberts solo exhibit on display at the gallery now through May 16. For more information, go to www.nancyrobertsstudio.com.

Brentwood Writes to hold Open Mic

BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Writes will bring all forms of the written word at Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

All short work -- poetry, short story, nonfiction, or any other creative work -- is welcome. Participants are allowed five minutes each to perform. The group encourages participants to bring work on any subject, their own or that of another writer, as long as it is neither insulting nor abusive. Everyone is invited whether performing or listening and enjoying.

This event is free and open to the public. Brentwood Writes is an adjunct of the Brentwood Art Society and the Brentwood Community Library. Kati Short, poet laureate, is the host.

For more information, contact shortkati@yahoo.com or call 925-634-6655.

Umpqua Bank hosts art exhibit

ANTIOCH -- Umpqua Bank in Antioch will host a Discover Art League exhibit with the first event showcasing the works of abstract artist Sandra Berkson. The exhibit will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through the month of May. The bank plans to host a new exhibit every two months, featuring two or more artists. A reception will be held at the bank 4 to 6 p.m. May 18, 3700 Lone Tree Way. Refreshments will be served.

For information about Discover Art League, call Gus Daugherty at 925 516-4477.

Stage Right hosts auditions for musical

ANTIOCH -- Stage Right Conservatory Theatre will hold auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on May 20 and 21 at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. Directed by Bryan Anthony, this Tony Award-nominated musical is based on the "Coat of Many Colors story with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The cast features 40 roles for male and female actors ages 8 to18. No previous musical experience is necessary. To receive an audition time, register online at www.srctgrp.org. Performances are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28. If cast, there is a $75 participation fee. For more information, call 925-216-4613.

'Shakespeare s Calamity Creek at PCT

PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg Community Theatre presents "Shakespeare Comes to Calamity Creek at the Creative Arts Building, 250 School St.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play is based on a book by Tim Kelly, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur and is directed by Betty Brown. A hilarious melodrama that tells the story of a conceited actor who comes to a small mining town hoping to bring culture to the locals.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Tickets can be reserved online at http://pittsburgcommunitytheatre.org/index.html, or by calling 925-439-7529.

Brentwood hosts public art walls

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood hosts a Brentwood Public Art Walls exhibit highlighting local artists and organizations.

The exhibit features works by Brian Carlton, oils; Joyce Marlene Carroll-Oetgen, pen, ink, mixed medium; Beverly C. Turner, mixed-media ceramics; and Heritage High School Visual Art students. The exhibit will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through June 21, at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For information on how to participate in the Brentwood Public Art Walls, call Poldina Scherf at 925-516-5364 or email pscherff@brentwoodca.gov.

LMC Gospel hosts gospel celebration

PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College Gospel Choir presents its 19th annual Gospel Celebration "Save Our Children through Musical Arts.

This multicultural event features gospel singers Kathy Taylor-Brown, Ashling Cole, Michael Blankenship, and Salsa Band La Fuerza Gigante of San Francisco.

The performance is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Los Medanos College Recital Hall, 2700 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg. Admission is $15 and $17 at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-439-2181, ext. 3218.

Local orchestra changes venue for season finale

PITTSBURG -- What do headliners Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, James Brown, and the San Francisco Symphony have in common? They ve all performed on the Pittsburg High School campus in the 2000-seat proscenium theater, the community s hidden treasure.

Now the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra will join the impressive cast of past performers in their season finale, "French Connection.

The program includes Glazunov s romantic "Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra, which showcases the saxophone. Professor Dale Wolford from San Jose State University will perform the solo. The orchestra will also perform Debussy s enchanting "La Boite a Joujoux (The Box of Toys), and Ravel s "Le Tombeau du Couperin (The Tomb of Couperin), written as an homage to Francois Couperin and six friends who died in uniform during the war.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Pittsburg High School, 250 School St. Admission is $5 to $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 925-943-7469, online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or purchased at the door.

Additional performances will be 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Alhambra High School in Martinez and 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Gallery On Second presents new exhibit

BRENTWOOD -- The Gallery On Second presents a new exhibit the "Scintillating Six, with local artists Augustus "Gus Daugherty, oil on wood panel and canvas; Josie O Malley, contemporary art; Mary Lamb, pottery; Rosalinda Grejsen, ceramics; Bridgette Barrows-Newby, sculptor; and Beverly C. Turner, sculptor.

The exhibit runs noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gallery on Second, 741 Second St.

For information, call 925 516-4477 or go to http://thegalleryonsecond.org.

Art4Schools exhibit set at Lynn House Gallery

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch hosts the ninth annual Art4Schools exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery.

The Art4Schools exhibits features Antioch Unified School District classrooms involved in the Arts4Schools Program, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, Union Pacific Foundation, the city of Antioch and a Calpine funded through the office of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.

The the final exhibits include art from Turner and Diablo schools displayed May 15-25.

The gallery is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., during exhibits. There is no admission fee for the reception or exhibit.

For more information, contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925-325-9897, e-mail Diane@Art4Antioch.org or go to www.Art4Antioch.org.

Delta Quilters show set for May 18-19

BRENTWOOD -- The Delta Quilters "A Splash of Fabric and Art show is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St.

More than 200 quilt and wearable art entries, as well as home accessories, will be on display at the vendor mall. Demonstrations will be held throughout the show, and refreshments and lunch available for purchase. Admission is $7 for one day and $10 for two days (under 8 and over 80 free).

Parking is free. For more information, go to www.deltaquilters.org

-- Nan Hargis